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cuts and tax hikes. house republicans and president obama need to strike a deal on reducing the national debt. they have soundly rejected a white house offer that included $1.6 trillion in revenue, $400 billion in medicare and other entitlement savings, as well as a permanent increase in the debt limit among other things. so far, the rhetoric has not softened. treasury secretary tim geithner arriving on capitol hill for high level talks, most notably with house speaker john boehner. >> good morning, everyone. >> how did it go? just listen. >> despite the claims that the president supports a balanced approach, the democrats have yet to get serious. about real spending cuts. >> a much gloomier assessment from the initial prethanksgiving huddle at the white house. boehner described his meeting with geithner as frank and direct, the same way he described his phone call with the president the night before. and for the past two weeks there has been no substantive progress. >> most public statements have been optimistic, confident, hopeful. we're all sensing a very different tone f
week. president obama has said he wants to get a deal done by christmas day. >>> there is no way to avoid the elephant in the room. the gop knows it. so what do they need to do to change? what issues do they need to focus on? we'll talk about that next with amy holmes and maria cardona. >>> but first, brain teaser for all you political junkies. when was the first presidential election republican party won without a nixon or bush on the ticket? give it some thought. we'll have the answer for you on the other side. ter's hitting the streets to tell real people about our new 15 under $15 menu. oh my goodness! oh my gosh, this looks amazing! [ male announcer ] our new maine stays! 15 entrees under $15, seafood, chicken and more! oo! the tilapia with roasted vegetables! i'm actually looking at the wood grilled chicken with portobello wine sauce. that pork chop was great! no more fast food friday's! we're going to go to red lobster. yep. [ male announcer ] come try our new menu and sea food differently! and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. salad, sandwiches, and more. ♪ [
walk away, it is up to obama to make a serious proposal. instead of dealing with a joke. they also need to tell secretary tax cheat geithner in the middle of this in the most direct way in proposal is dead on arrival and he can save time and energy next time by not submitting an obama plan like this to republicans. bottom line is this, it is not serious. they should have no interest, republicans in playing stupid games with the administration. third, republicans need to shine a bright light on the obama proposal to ensure the american people know how insane and ludicrous this is. fourth, republicans need to use the opportunity to pass their own agenda they need to show they are not obstructionists they themselves have a positive, forward-looking agenda they are proud of, eager to take to the country. republicans need to make the case morning, noon and night, that it is obama who seems absolutely determined, for political reasons, to take the country over the fiscal cliff. our first guest is author of victory at yorktown live in virginia as part of his american legacy tour, former presid
the momentum. i think republicans got to understand they are not going to get any good deal from barack obama. he has contempt for them. he shows that on a regular basis. he's a hard-line left winger. they've got to think through the american people have chosen him he's going to be our president for four years way does effective conservative house do in a period where it is having to maneuver against liberal democrats in the senate and a very, very liberal president? frankly, tip o'neil is a good person to study to see how he did it in the 80s. >> sean: i think i agree. how would you deal with the communication problem you mentioned? it has been atrocious. >> first, i would see how many of the house and senate republicans are prepared to sign up for serious communications. i'd build a methodical plan. when we took on reforming medicare in 1996, a huge challenge, with a democrat in the white house, we trained every member of the house caucus to be able to go out and talk about medicare, in an intelligent, effective way. we knew what we were trying to say. the congressional campaign in last yea
to accept it. expects him to give him a proposal. it is a serious message though. obama is no longer dealing with himself. now that gop leaked his offer, the next question is clear. what is their counter offer? and that gets to the real game behind the game here. the difference between what obama wants out of the fiscal negotiations and what republicans want out of the negotiations is as john noted at new york magazine that obama's demand it raise taxes on the rich is popular. he again just won an election. the gop's demand it cut medicare spending is unpopular. people don't like it. so what the gop wants is for obama to propose the medicare cuts for them. they want him to take the heat. democrats find this ridiculous, i think is the right word. given that the obama administration would happily raise taxes without cutting medicare but republicans will only raise taxes if we cut medicare. obama won't negotiate on his own and republicans are now scared to negotiate with him. joining me now is jared bernstein from budget and policy priority. great blogger. former chief economist for vice presid
obama says he is ready to make a deal but wouldn't accept continued tax cuts for the wealthiest people. >>> the senate has already passed a bill to keep income taxes from going up on middle class families. democrats in the house are ready to do the same thing. and if we can just get a few house republicans on board, i'll sign this bill as soon as congress sends it my way. but, it is unacceptable for some republicans in congress to hold middle class tax cuts hostage simply because they refuse to let tax rates go up on the richest americans. >> republicans say tax hikes on the wealthy mean tax hikes for small businesses, something they insist they cannot accept. here is long-time gop senator orin hatch. >> unfortunately, some on the other side of the aisle are indicating a disastrous thelma and louise idea, that will put us in jeopardy, for small business and other parts of the economy. >> they agreed that tax cuts should be renewed for everybody making less than $250,000 a year. but democrats want the tax cuts for the very wealthy to expire. >>> and reigniting the trayvon martin debate,
't want tax rates on upper income folks to go up. >> reporter: speaking at a factory, mr. obama argued that if congress can't get a deal, taxes will rise about $2,000 average for a family. of coal you get for christmas, that is a scrooje christmas. >> let's not kid ourselves. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner balked. >> increasing tax rates draws money away from the economy that needs to be invested in the economy to put people back to work. it is the wrong approach. >> reporter: bolder by his re-election, and criticized for being soft on republicans in the past, he drew a hard line, including $1.6 trillion in revenues, $600 billion in additional spending cuts, about half in medicare, and at least $50 billion infrastructure spending. >> we don't want to increase tax rates, we're not going to increase tax rates. and we want to do something about the spending problem. >> reporter: aides say senate minority leader mcconnell laughed after tim geithner showed him the offer thursday. today, confl republican goals remain the same, they say, serious entitlement reform, including higher p
trail.. and once again - he and house speaker john boehner... do 'not' sound close to a deal. heenan explains. >> president obama took his case on the road.... visiting a toy factory in pennsylvania... where he told an audience that failing to extend tax cuts for the middle class would mean a 'scrooge christmas' for millions.. >> if congress does nothing, the taxes will go up for every family. on january 1st. i am assuming that is not a sound too good to you. >> we now know that when the treasury secretary presented the latest white proposal on avoiding the fiscal cliff to house speaker john boehner thursday --house speaker john boehner says that the idea of boosting revenue by 1.6 trillion over the next decade would be a 'crippling blow' to the economy. >> ".we're at a stalemate.. .let's face it...." >> "vhope that's a figure of speech. shouldn't be talking about a stalemate." we should not even think of that term of a stalemate. >>catherine: the key sticking point....taxes. democrats want to extend bush-era tax cuts for the middle class...while allowing rates to jump republicans do
obama has said he wants to get a deal done by christmas day. >>> well, tragedy on the campus of caspar college in wyoming where police say a man using what they're calling just a sharp edged weapon carried out a fatal attack. the man injured one person. that person was killed and then he went into a classroom and killed another person and then killed himself. the victims have not been identified, but police say all three, two men and one woman knew each other and they add that the attacker appeared to have worked alone. >>> we've got much more ahead this hour. >> here's a look at what's coming up. >> storming capitol hill naked. no, it wasn't a frat prank, it was a statement for aids awareness. and you won't believe whose office they took over. >> i think that what we can conclude is that we've got to be better. >>> an extreme makeover. that's what some republicans say the party needs after losing the presidency and seats in congress. all morning we'll look at how the grand old party might be looking for a bold new image. humiliating tasks and degrading exercises, all part of the thera
'reilly factor is on. tonight. >> it's not just a bad deal. this is really an insulting deal. >> bill: why is president obama alienating half the country? why won't he compromise on the budget and save the nation from bankruptcy? lou dobbs will answer those questions. >> look. the white house is a christmas tree. okay? so what's the difference? the white house has a christmas tree. >> you are wrong, bill. they call it a white house tree. >> bill: no, it's a christmas tree. barack obama calls it a christmas tree. >> bill: if barack obama says it's a christmas tree, why do some other politicians dissent? we will continue our reporting tonight on the real reason christmas is under siege. >> you are really santa, right? >> no, i'm an accountant. i wear this thing as a fashion statement, all right? >> why mondays? because of the elicit ration? tater tots on tuesday. take away weanerless mondays. >> bill: gutfeld and mcguirk running wild this evening. is this my fault? could be. >> bill: you should rough him up? pretend he is me. [ laughter ] >> bill: caution, you where to enter the no spin zone
revenue. here is what happens if obama drives us off the cliff. that 82 billion in higher taxes with the top 2 percent, add to that, we don't want to leave anybody of of this deal, $223 billion. now, do you suppose there is a reason that president obama likes to all the talk about those tax hikes, the top 2%? i wonder why. could it be that he wants to draw attention away from the 400 -- let's do that right here, 400 -- $4 billion projected by the congressional budget office, $494 billion of obamacare taxes that will hit not the 2%, not the 98%, but the middle-class, and they start hitting on january 1st, and it does not matter whether we go over the cliff for not. if you have not heard about those tax hikes, perhaps it is because the mainstream liberal media for some strange reason does not want to talk about the inconvenience impact of obama taxes on our middle-class. >> the bill is passed. lou: the house passes the stem emigration bill. some democrats call it racist and pandering. how is that? and republicans also introduced the achieve act. other republicans taking the lead o
over the president obama's fiscal cliff proposal. is it that much of a raw deal as they claim? we'll break it down. do you ever have too much money or too many big macs? ♪ ♪ . melissa: the idea of u.s. energy independence may be music to your ears but is fracking the way toet there? a new report fm the food and water watch, says if that i what you think, think again. they say the real answer is investing in renewable energy because increasing prucon of natural gas will only continue dependence on fossil fuels. we have a the environmental thast that is big defender of fracking. he tells us why it is a key to the energy independence. thanks for coming back on the show. >> thank you for having me back. melissa: what do you think about fracking is evil? are you convinced? >> no. they're making two different claims. one is energy independence essentially we're more robust against disruptions from our supply. there are two ways to think about it. if you're worried about disruptions, go to coal that is not what anyone is suggesting. instead we should go for cheap gas. even then if yo
optimism for a deal seems to be fading. steve is live in washington with more. >> reporter: one month away from that so-called fiscal cliff. there appears to be very little movement toward any kind of deal. president obama is using the bully-pulpit to appeal to the american people to push for immediate action to push the tax cuts for everybody except for those earning more than $250,000 a year. in his saturday address, he stressed the urgency of the situation. >> if congress does nothing, every family will see their income taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. a typical middle-class family of four will see income taxes rise by $2200. we can't let that happen. a families can't afford it and neither can our economy. >> reporter: republicans led by house speaker john boehner says he should quit campaigning and take care of the business at hand. republicans say they are willing to consider raising more revenue but they want to see spending cuts to go along with it. >> we need to hear they are willing to make spending cuts now, not promises of spending cuts sometime if the fu
a phony deal. >> why are you so pessimistic? before i come back to senator hutchson, obama started out pretty conciliatory. you're very pessimistic, neil. >> obama came to the table with 1.6 trillion in tax increases and no spending cuts. he seems very confident he can bum rush them into a bad deal. i think that's because there's a sense out there, probably from the last two times these guys tangled, that the republicans are unwilling to in this case to allow themselves to go over the cliff. if you're in a negotiation where your opponent knows that you're unwilling to have that kind of aout come then they've got you right where they want you. i feel like obama thinks he's got the republicans right where he wants them. >> senator hutchson, the republicans were on the short end of the election to be sure. the point i'm making, your leader, senator mcconnell, came out with a pretty good reform planned to regarding medicare for example. i thought that was a very sensible entitlement reform. then he said we can talk revenues. why can't the gop go down that road, get house speaker boehner on
rates and the republicans say they're absolutely opposed to that. president obama is making that a condition of this deal. and there's got to be some movement eventually, but republicans are going to have to give up a very big, a very big selling point there if they're going to take the president and say, all right, we'll shift rates, even not back to the bill clinton tax levels that the republicans say they don't want to go to, but even just back to somewhere close to that. >> but do you think, i mean, if we're talking, you know, preclinton levels, we're talking north of 39%. is there wiggle room between 35% and 39%? couldn't they just say, 37% is right in the middle, 37.5% is right in the middle. >> john boehner is used to cutting deals. he has a conference that doesn't let him do it. the tea party folk have stopped him again and again and again. he made statements in the past where he had to try to round them up very forceinally and not always with great success. enough trade bait out there. the president has been out there taxing dividend income. that's something that fa
and president obama. darren gersh has the latest. >> reporter: the president is still pushing to wrap up a deal on the fiscal cliff before christmas and just in case anyone missed that point, he visited a toy factory to urge congress to avoid raising taxes on the middle class. >> that's sort of like the lump of coal you get for christmas. that's a scrooge christmas. a typical middle-class family of four would see their income taxes go up by about $2,200. >> reporter: t psidents oposg to raise taxesy $1.6 trillion, while cutting spending by $400 billion. on top of that, mr. obama asked for $50 billion more for infrastructure spending and $140 billion to extend unemployment insurance benefits and the payroll tax cut. republicans literally laughed it off. >> they want... they want to have this extra spending that's actually greater than the amount they're willing to cut. i mean, it's... it's... was not a serious proposal. and so, right now, we're almost nowhere. >> reporter: across the capito republican senate leader mitch mcconnell told the "wall street journal" his party would be willing to brin
obama appeared at a factory in pennsylvania making his case for raising taxes on top earners and accusing a handful of republicans of holding up a deal. if a deal is not reached by december 31, a $600 billion combination of tax increases and spending cuts goes into effect. let's get a check now on how the markets reacted to all of that news. our correspondence sent us this report from frankfurt. >> the dax climbed for about 2% this week, and share prices have been pushed mainly by the rescue package for greece, but at this last trading day of the week, trading has been quite low. the positive trend continued, although there has been some bad news coming in, like the record high unemployment rate in the euro area and the fact that u.s. consumers spend less money in october. nevertheless, the mood is fine. investors hope the fiscal cliff in the u.s.a. can be avoided. >> let's get a closer look at friday's trading. with all that uncertainty in washington, traders were playing it cautious. in germany, the blue-chip dax broke a bit of a winning streak, only gaining fractionally. e
dollars in surplus package money that president obama wants, also, increasing taxes by 1.6 trillion dollars, that's not a deal that the american people can live with. it's not about grover norquist and not raising taxes, it's about going to the table and cutting a real deal. >> dick? >> i guess what i say is, what do the republicans want to cut? i mean, have they backed off the paul ryan plan to cut medicare have they backed off the plan for social security, and what is the plan? i think the president and the democrats and the country are waiting to hear. he made an offer. i'm a lawyer and deal with this and the other side why and we move to the middle. where is the republican plan. >> kelly: hold on a minute. you try to find that common ground. >> right. >> kelly: that common ground is so necessary now, which is why it goes back to my first question. the american people are begging congress and the president to act responsibly and we've got 30 days from now. what the heck is going on in washington? >> listen, the president has offered a base to start with, but it's pretty laughable
correspondent for "time" magazine and the author of "the new deal, the hidden story of change in the obama era." in his book, he argues for increased investment in energy infrastructure. welcome to the show. superstorm sandy lev 7.9 million people without power, some for weeks. you say the elect kctrical grid slowly improving. would any of the changes we're talking about had a different effect on what people in the northeast went through as a result of hurricane sando or are we talking about apples and oranges? >> no, it has a difference. president had $11 billion for a smarter grid in his much maligned stimulus bill in 2009. as a result, for instance, in the washington, d.c. area, the utility was able to get just about everybody their power back in two days because with a smart grid, and that's essentially mixing up modern information technology with that ancient electrical grid we've got, but with smart meters and digital routers and sensors. they were able to figure out where the problems were on their grid, route power around it, and without having to send a million trucks out to try to fi
obama is back on the stump pressing republicans to cut a deal averting the fiscal cliff. >> that's sort of like the lump of coal you get for christmas. that's a scrooge christmas. >> reporter: republicans say they want their christmas, too, and blame the president for the deadlock. >> there's a stalemate. let's not kid ourselves. i'm not trying to make this more difficult. >> reporter: things got tense after treasury secretary geithner visited capitol hill thursday to present what republicans are calling an unreasonable proposal. it includes $1.6 trillion in new taxes. in part through raising rates on the top 2% and limiting loopholes and deductions. $50 billion in stimulus next year and $400 billion in medicare and other entitlement savings to be worked out. >> i think that the proposal that was delivered here by secretary goieithner to the speaker and me yesterday is not a serious proposal. >> they want to have this extra spending that actually greater than the amount they're willing to cut. >> but democrats say it was just a starting point and one republicans should counter. >> there
is open to a deal that includes some new tax revenues. he's also said president obama has an incentive to allow the country to just go on over the fiscal cliff. and then blame the republicans for it. just before we went on air tonight, senator max bachus, who chairs the senate finance committee, a democrat, indicated that scenario isn't out of the realm of possibility. listen to how he put it. >> if the other side is completely intransigent that the president has probably no choice but to say okay, we're going to go over the cliff. that would not be my first preference. >> yeah. the senator pretty serious about that. bottom line, tonight both sides say that talks are stalled. the democrats are turning up the pressure on republicans. in a moment, our political panel will have some fun with this one, certainly about the president's opening offer, but first, congressman lee terry joins me live. i know there's a bit of a delay so i will ask the question, we can wait a moment and i will get your answer. i love it when politicians talk from the hip, especially using colorful language like "w
really have no leverage in these discussions. representative terry has said he is open to a deal that includes some new tax revenues. he's also said president obama has an incentive to allow the country to just go on over the fiscal cliff and then blame the republicans for it. just before we went on air tonight, senator max bachus, who >> yeah. the senator pretty serious about that. bottom line, tonight both sides say that talks are stalled. the democrats are turning up the pressure on republicans. in a moment, our political panel will have some fun with this one, certainly about the president's opening offer, but first, congressman lee terry joins me live. i know there's a bit of a delay so i will ask the question, we can wait a moment and i will get your answer. i love it when politicians talk from the hip, especially using colorful language like "we're screwed either way," but i don't understand what you mean, because as i see it, there's still this extraordinarily powerful tool called the debt ceiling and y'all have to be on board for that. so how do you not see that as a goo
of coal you get for christmas. that's a scrooge christmas. >> president obama in a factory outside philadelphia today, pushing his financial plan. make no mistake, it's all about your tax bills and if washington can make a deal before you start paying more. with me is democratic strategist marjorie cliften and gerri jacobus. welcome to you both. listening to john boehner today and the president, it's pretty clear there's no deal anywhere near being settled here. i don't know about you, i'm just getting really bored with it. why don't they just get round a table and get it done? let me start with you gerri. >> i think the president going to pennsylvania to the tinker toy plant on a campaign stop essentially is probably not going to go over as well as he thinks it does, particularly since we thought we were done with that. we just went through it a few weeks ago. thought campaign stops were over and he inflicts this on us again. the american people expect him to sit down with the republicans in congress and work this out. now, a year ago or so, last year, he agreed to $800 billion in
right now. started a national republican that involved in the new deal the harry truman deal. "the ed show" starts right now. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" from new york. republicans say they are laughing at president obama's fiscal cliff offer. i'll show you how they are really crying. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> there are no shortage of pens in the white house. and i carry one around for emergency just in case. just waiting for the chance to use it to sign the bill to make sure people's taxes don't go up. >> the adult in the room continues his campaign to cut taxes for the middle class and john boehner keeps shooting spit balls. the latest on the stalemate and the democrat's upper hand. >>> mitch mcconnell gets ridiculous with his demands to weaken medicare. one of the architects of obama care responds tonight. >>> house republicans pass an immigration. bill democrats say is divisive and inferior. tonight, congressman javier pasara on why the latino community won't. be fooled. >>> the first fast food strike is historic. what you need to know
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the obama administration when they first came in the last term said we're going to deal with this over classification and start declassifyideclas declassifying information. they're not going to do that. there's starting to be meaningful efforts in that regard. that's sort of a good sign. you have 5 million people who have clearances at the level of -- >> bradley manning. >> bradley manning. >> 5 million. this is a secret. when you think about secrets you don't think about a thing that 5 million people -- >> it came to me. >> i'm serious. in terms of what that word means in everyday language. >> right. >> to get back to whether this is whistle blowing and how we judge that. the whistle-blower protection law that was just passed does not cover national security federal employees as far as i'm pa wear. >> executive director. >> but the executive directive is viewed by some as toothless. it doesn't affirm a new right as far as i know. just to -- so the public right to know is probably most important in the national security realm. on the other hand, the sensitivity of secrets is most sensi
-3%. and as deal roll up sleeves. this offer is insulting. i am not going to deal with you. >> the top 2% since 1986. >> they can't say the republicans holding out on the top 2%. >> the republicans want spending cuts. republicans realize -- >> they offer, i think obama is offering $500 million -- [ overtalk ] >> dana: critical count -- >> eric: the democrats realize that they have to touch spending if they want the 2%. >> brian: i want the power to raise the debt ceiling without asking you. >> dana: triple count cuts that were made. to get credit. wants to get credit for cutting things that were already cut in the past. his budget could not get a single vote in the senate. maybe they should bring the president's budget up again to see if it has more support. >> andrea: i want to ask about the tax rates. we learn the top 1% averaged 23% tax rate, while filers in the bottom 50% average a tax rate of 2%. a lot of people don't like to get george bush credit. he took poor people off the roles. >> bob: first, myself, i have given bush credit for doing that. in every tax bill we have. the wealthiest p
in and intelligently without it obviously being about their hate for obama. even having the when gentlemen on and having to deal with people coming in with so many racial overtones. host: why do you not express how you feel about the statement? caller: i was unemployed for a little while. i am pretty savvy when it comes to finance and i do very well financially. i have not lost my understanding of where things really are. everything john boehner is doing everything the republicans are doing, they are basically doing that so after the tax cuts expire, they come back into the office and they say, we can just go ahead and reestablish a new tax cuts. they are never on the record for doing any tax increases. but it is something that they need to do. this is the one congress that has achieved the least and president obama has nothing to do with that. he cannot fell into the stereotype so many republicans want which is so obviously racially based. host: we have a couple of items on twitter. this is from john. back to the phones. hilda is on the line for democrats. caller: we would not be having a
' sound close to a deal,,, >> if no action is done all taxes will be increased by january 1st. >>catherine: president obama took his case on the road.... visiting a toy factory in pennsylvania... where he told an audience that failing to extend tax cuts for the middle class would mean a 'scrooge christmas' for millions.. the latest white proposal on avoiding the fiscal cliff to house speaker john republicans laughed. >> there is a stalemate, let us not kid ourselves. >> perhaps it is a figure of speech but the country cannot afford a stalemate. >>catherine: house speaker john boehner boosting revenue by 1.6 trillion over the next decade would be a 'crippling >> stalemate...let's face it.." "...hope that's a figure of >> speech...shouldn't be talking about a stalemate." >> the key sticking point....taxes. democrats want to extend bush-era tax cuts for the middle class...while allowing rates to jump republicans don't want a tax rate increase on anyone. period. the white house is hoping that the fact the president is taking his case to the congress to act. of course the realand with 32 days
before running out. >> that was live. >> that was the real deal. that was the real deal. >> this newscast always -- never fake news from ron claiborne. >> always the real stuff. >> except for when he's making it up. >> thanks, ron. >>> let's turn to other real news. and president obama is facing two, big items on his agenda as the new year approaches. not only is he in a staredown with congress over the looming fiscal cliff. now, there's reports that his first pick for a new cabinet could come as soon as this month. and his choice may be a surprising one. david kerley is here. we're talking about the top spot for the defense department. >> reporter: we were talking that the president probably next week who he would like to go to the state department. but now, there's a report that maybe he's going to do a package deal next week. state department nominee, as well as defense department nominee. and there could be a couple of surprises here. these are some of the names we've been hearing over the last couple weeks. one is interesting. chuck hagel, a former senator. he's on the right on your
of households worth less than 10 grand jumped over 37%. dave and clayton. >> thank you, juliet. president obama and republic leaders in congress have just 31 days to strike a deal before we fall off the fiscal cliff. but so far it's not looking like either side is willing to compromise. >> our next guest says there has been a failure in leadership to solve this crisis. joining us now is texas congressman louie gohmert. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> this is not necessarily against the president you have blasted g.o.p. leaders this week for a failure to lead basically saying we need to stand on our principles. they have a delegate -- delicate position to deal with. >> up until last week there had been a failure of leadership. the president out there finally pushing so far look we are going to forget the constitution. i'm going to basically pronounce law as i speak it congress hasn't done what i wanted, so we're just gonna ignore congress' constitutional right to appropriate. congress' constitutional right to set debt ceilings and we're going to ignore that that's what basically -- geith
, sefrg you have mentioned, that's an important point. on the conversation we had before, if barack obama cannot take a hard line now, when is he going to do it? >> i think people are waiting for him not just to fight this hard around this deal as you both mentioned but around the fate of the future of people in this country. >> i want to know that point. this ad is running on cable and local tv stations in d.c. it was organized by the alliance. it is about the discourse. let's listen to that real briefly here. >> our taxes are about to go up. >> not the taxes on our dividends, though, right? that's a big part of our retirement. >> no, it is dividends too. >> we worked hard to save. >> the president and congress have to work together to stop this dividend tax hike before it is too late. >> this is the kitchen table. oh, our dividends. that's imaginary. >> your average family is not suffering from earning $250,000 or more such that the dividend investment value is really hurting. this is complete manipulation once again and ignoring the fact that we have a wealth gap here. what we are talk
's another reason more investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. >>> we're no closer to a deal on the fiscal cliff with the deadline at the end of the month republicans are calling the white house's new proposal unrealistic, while president obama takes it on the road to rally support. joining me now isdom senator ben card enmember of the budget and finance committees. senator thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> let's talk take a look at probe's proposal. a $50 billion stimulus package. some have characterized this as a democrats' wish list. can you put into perspective how realistic this is? >> i think it is a realistic next step. remember we've already done close to $1 trillion in deficit reduction during the debt ceiling agreement. so we've gotten $1 trillion of discretionary domestic spending savings. it's time now to move on the revenues. quite frankly, i think the easiest next step, i would hope this could happen as early as this week, is to pass the continuation of the lower tax rates for those under $250,000 of taxable income. get that done. everyone agrees on i
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